Alton Lions President Sarah O’Donoghue received a cheque from the Alton Runners, Club Chairman Dr Hugh Bethell, for £1400 recognising the effort Lions contribute to the success of the Alton 10 Road Race and the Downland Challenge 10K & 5K fun runs each year. This donation forms an important element of the funds that are used to support local charities, community services, projects and individuals each year by Alton Lions.
Alton Lions, together with Alton Runners, organise the Alton 10, a ten-mile road race in May and, at the start of the cross-country season in October, and the Downland Challenge 10k & 5k races.
The Alton 10 is part of the Hampshire Road Race League competition and draws a large entry from all over the county and from the south of England. Entries typically exceed 600 runners.
The Downland Challenge 10k cross-country race is combined with a 5k route for younger runners and local schools help promote it to encourage young people to keep fit. Runners pay a fee to enter the races and after expenses have been deducted the surplus is donated to the Lions Club of Alton who provide the race administration, course supervisors and marshals for each race.
The Lions and Runners have organised a new entry system for 2013 using an online entry system that has been developed by Active Training World. Anyone can now enter online to www.activetrainingworld.co.uk.